Event #36: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Montgomery Narrowly Escapes Elimination

Scott Montgomery started the day off with a double up but had slipped down to 123,000 when he moved all in once more while sitting the big blind. He got called by Daniel Carbonari who was nursing a stack over 400,000.

Montgomery: {k-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}
Carbonari: {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts}

Not only did Montgomery miss the flop, but Carbonari picked up a straight draw when it came {10-Clubs}{2-Spades}{j-Diamonds}. However, the {7-Clubs} on the turn gave Montgomery a pair and the {8-Clubs} on the river allowed it to hold.

Montgomery now has 258,000 while Carbonari has slipped to 320,000

Tags: Daniel CarbonariScott Montgomery

Dietrich Sends Golodyaev Home

Eliminations are coming at a fast and furious pace today. Like many of our elimination hands today, all the chips were in the middle preflop with Alexey Golodyaev instigating things from middle position and Michael Dietrich calling from the big blind.

Dietrich: {k-Spades}{9-Clubs}
Golodyaev: {q-Spades}{j-Clubs}

Dietrich was ahead from the get-go and spiked top pair to boot with a flop of {k-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}. The {a-Spades} on the turn and {6-Clubs} on the river didn't change a thing and Dietrich is up to 262,000 at the expense of Golodyaev.

Tags: Alexey GolodyaevMichael Dietrich

No More Bury


All the chips went in pre-flop and Bradley Bury was facing the elimination. Daniel Fuhs tabled {a-Clubs}{3-Spades} and Bury was in bad shape with {5-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} on his hands.

The board ran out {2-Spades}{4-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} and Bury hits the rail.

Tags: Bradley BuryDanidl Fuhs

Vitkind Heads Home Early

Dmitry Vitkind had raised to 23,000 in middle position with Charles Hatley calling from the button and Michael Dietrich coming along from the small blind with the big blind calling as well.

Vitkind bet 39,000 into the {k-Clubs}{6-Spades}{3-Hearts} flop with Hatley being the only caller. When the {4-Diamonds} came on the turn Vitkind went all in for 115,000 and Hatley made the call.

Vitkind: {a-Hearts}{a-Clubs}
Hatley: {6-Clubs}{6-Hearts}

Vitkind wasn't able to improve when the {9-Spades} came on the river and he has been eliminated from play while Hatley has improved to 450,000.

Tags: Charles HatleyDmitry Vitkind

Florestan Out-Turned, Out-Tournamented


We came to Richard Florestan with a flop of {9-Spades} {8-Clubs} {3-Diamonds} already on board. Timothy Beeman bet 27,000, with Florestan calling from the button to see the {4-Diamonds} hit the turn. Beeman then moved all in, putting Florestan to the decision for his whole stack.

"Will you show me if I fold?" Florestan asked.

"I'll show you if you call," replied Beeman.

Florestan did eventually make the call with {9-Hearts} {8-Hearts} for a flopped two pair, nines and eights. Beeman opened {4-Spades} {4-Hearts}, having turned a two-outer for a set of fours. The river {7-Clubs} ended Florestan's day.

Beeman is now near the top of the counts with 957,000.

Tags: Timothy BeemanRichard Florestan

Traply Cripples Young

Peter Traply came into the day with one of the shorter stacks of the bunch. He didn't take too long to attempt a double up when he shoved all in under the gun for 148,000. When action folded to Felix Young, he re-shoved for an extra 32,000 with nobody making the call.

Traply: {3-Clubs}{3-Spades}
Young: {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}

Young got a slap in the face by a flop of {3-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} and failed to best Traply's set with the {2-Hearts} on the turn and the {7-Hearts} on the river.

Traply now has 318,000, while Young is left with just 32,000.

Tags: Felix YoungPeter Traply

Gromenkova Can't Win the Flip and Hits the Rail


Some hands in no-limit hold'em play themselves. 2008 Ladies Event champion Svetlana Gromenkova opened from middle position for 26,000. Action passed to Adam Richardson, who moved all in from the small blind 132,000. Gromenkova called with {j-Diamonds} {j-Spades}; Richardson opened {a-Spades} {k-Hearts}, and the race was on. The board came with an ace and a king, {8-Spades} {a-Clubs} {7-Hearts} {8-Hearts} {k-Diamonds}, to give Richardson the double to 280,000.

Svetlana slipped to 140,000 in chips. She busted a few hands later.

Tags: Svetlana GromenkovaAdam Richardson

Alex Low Running Dry

Alex Low was quick to tell us that he polished off 27 beer while playing his first day and another 27 while playing Day 2. His run for the threepeat was cut short today when he raised to 25,000 from middle position only to have Michael Trahan re-raise all in for what amounted to Low's entire stack when he made the call.

Low: {q-Hearts}{k-Clubs}
Trahan: {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts}

Low was behind from the start and things only got worse with when the flop came {6-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}, pairing Trahan's ace. The turn of {6-Clubs} was no help and the {a-Diamonds} on the river sealed Low's fate.

Low hung around for a minute or two before shaking off the loss, saying "Well, let's get some money."

Tags: Alex LowMichael Trahan

Frye's Knaves Better than Presto


The short stacks are showing no timidity about getting their chips in middle. Curtis Nozawa, with 140,000, moved all in from middle position. Jeffrey Frye was next to act and called all in. Once everyone else folded, it was time for a showdown.

Nozawa: {5-Clubs} {5-Spades}
Frye: {j-Hearts} {j-Diamonds}

Frye, the all-in player, had way the best of it and doubled up on a board of [ac {k-Hearts} {8-Clubs} {10-Spades} {9-Clubs}. He's up to 250,000, while Nozawa is crippled to just 35,000 in chips.

Tags: Curtis NozawaJeffrey Frye

Montgomery Gets Things Started With a Double

Scott Montgomery wasted no time getting all his chips into the middle today. On one of the very first hands of the day, Montgomery shoved all in for 96,000 preflop and got called by Brad Bury in the small blind.

Montgomery: {q-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}
Bury: {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}

Bury was ahead to start, but he soon fell behind as Montgomery picked up a higher pair on the {q-Clubs}{9-Spades}{3-Diamonds} flop. Montgomery's hand improved even further with the {k-Spades} on the turn, and the {6-Diamonds} river was enough to secure the hand.

After he collected his chips, Montgomery remarked, "Two more of these and I'm chip leader."

Tags: Brad BuryScott Montgomery